15
Jan
68

When a quality game hits the Android Market, we can't stay quiet. When a game that comes with over 1GB of data hits the Market, we absolutely have to give it a mention, especially when it is exclusive to Android and is a high quality English version of a Japanese Tactical RPG.

This 1GB monster brings you soundtracks (52 of them), high resolution graphics, cut-scene videos, 84 different characters, and 100s of hours of gameplay. What kind of gameplay? It's best to take a look at the demo video and screenshots, then cough up $14.40 for the game, and give it a go for yourself.

Note: The 1GB of data is downloaded after you install the game and goes to the SD card, not internal storage.

Wait, what? Almost $15 for an Android game? Sure, we realize the 1GB of game data probably took ages to compile, and Spectral Souls is likely one of the better RPGs on Android, but IdeaFactory (developer) and HyperDevBox (publisher) still priced it at about 2-3 times more than it needs to be to hit mainstream. But who am I to judge - I'll leave this for you to discuss in the comments.

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QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hyperdevbox.spectralsouls

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The Story

Neverland is a world apart from our own, home to strange and dangerous creatures. Two of these creatures, humans and demons, have been struggling against each other for many years. As the centuries passed, control shifted from demons to humans and back again. The humans finally earned a clear victory after the First Neverland War. But this left the country in ruins and led directly to the Second Neverland War, which saw the decisive victory of the demons once again.

Magic Age 1053—

Tragedy strikes the small woodland village of Petun—the town is attacked and burned to the ground by vicious Neverland troops. But Petun is only the first of many massacres; the Demon Army tears through every human village it can find, slaughtering the people as it goes. Humiliated and infuriated by these abuses, the humans begin to resist and fight back.

It starts as a rash of disorganized, sporadic riots. But it soon grows into something more, something meaningful. These uprisings become a beacon of hope to all humans, spurring them on to unite and form a new empire. They choose a name to reflect their most noble traditions, to reflect a time when they ruled over the demon horde. They call it the Reformed Simba Empire.

Petun—little more than a bump in the road, a mark on a map. But this is where it all started, where the undercurrent of disdain and hatred overflowed into a bloody torrent of death and destruction, drowning Neverland in war for years to come.

This is where our story begins—the story of the Seven Year War.

Source: Droid Gamers

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Shinsen

    Oh wow, finally a decent looking RPG I su--1GB? Seriously? My Desire has half of that in internal ROM space... Total, that's with Android and pre-packaged apps taking up some of that 512MB.

    Best of luck to them, but, guys. Word of advice; pull a Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 and downgrade EVERYTHING to make it fit on other devices. Pretty please?

    Regarding price, I think if we want to see proper games like those of the Nintendo DS and PSP emerge on the mobile market, we're going to have to see app prices for these games go up. You get what you pay for, this is pretty evident if you look at the offerings already on the Market so far.

    Google also needs to do something about rampant piracy on the Android platform as well. They wont ever stop piracy out-right, but when it's as easy as finding an .apk online and opening it in Astro, you know something's wrong. Here's hoping Android 3 sorts this in some way. (I do support freeware .apk distribution outside of the market, though. Don't think I'm completely unrealistic. DRM should definitely be a choice, not an obligation. And DRM should be limited to verifying one has purchased the application ONCE at install.)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Note: the 1GB of data is downloaded after you install the game and goes to the SD card, not internal storage.

    • ZZ

      I think the Android licensing server (when properly implemented) does a pretty good job at stopping piracy.

  • Bigtex

    This looks really really nice Watching the video. This game will chew through my batteries.

  • OFI

    That is a heft price tag on something you can't get a refund on due to the filesize and download time...

    Here's an idea if a demo/lite version is impractical.

    Publish a second free app which does nothing other than download the 1GB of data needed. Then upgrade to pro to actually unlock the game.
    This way buyers won't be stuck in the situation where the refund window has been and gone before the game has even finished downloading.

    Otherwise I don't think games like this will do so well.

  • bork

    hooray, I love turn based rpgs!!

  • Gareth

    Wow, I wasn't expecting this. I guess it's a port of the PSP game. Might have to look into it.

  • Kyoukou

    Been playiing it for about a week now. It's a damn near perfect port from my buddies' psp. The colors area lil more crisp on my droid x so i'm happy. You truly get what you pay for. Ya, it's 15 bucks and a ton of space but it's actually worth thecash if youra turn based rpg fan. I get tired of ppl wanting everything for free or on the cheap. I've got my $'s worth plus for the amount of time and entertainment that i've got out of it. The only negative thing I can say about it is if you get a call during gameplay your screwed and have to restart the game or the controls won't respond right. O and you can't save until after a battle is over. The bigger fights can last over 15 mins.

  • Rube

    Great game. Only complaint: Controls.

    Not that the controls are bad, they're very responsive. The problem is that the game is a direct port which means an on-screen dpad and buttons instead of true touchscreen controls.

    You should be able to select a character, then select an enemy or panel to attack or move.

    Still, the game is a ton of fun and very polished. It would just be even better with proper touch controls!

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